Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 11-4-15

  • 12--3-6--15: Avon's 2015 Candlelite Walk Schedule


    President Ralph White called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The minutes of the October 7th meeting were approved as read with Jim Szippl making the motion and Theresa Szippl seconding.

    14 members and quests were present.

    Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,701.05 in the checking account.

    There were no new bills to present.

    There was discussion and a motion was made by Christine to approve the purchase of 7 cases of juice boxes for the Christmas Candlelight Walk at the Avon Isle the weekend of December 5-6. Matt Smith seconded the motion.

    In old business:

    Ralph reminded members of the Inter-Society meeting held on Thursday November 5 from 5:30-7:30 at the Carlisle Visitor's Center.

    In new business:

    This years Christmas party will be held at the home of Jean Fischer on Saturday December 12 at 6:00 p.m. We will follow past years practice of bringing a covered dish, finger food or appetizer. Coffee and beverages to be supplied by the Society. Ralph reminded everyone to park on the east side of the road. Theresa will help Jean with post card invitations to all paid members.

    Theresa Szippl volunteered to be the Society's email contact for Terri Czup in regards to the website.

    Ralph updated on the Landmark's Preservation Commission meeting. A demolition permit was approved for the Petche house at 37779 Chester Road. The house did not have any historical significance and was in very bad condition in part from vandals.

    Ralph updated on the History Walk project that has stalled. Joe Richvalsky is still working with a new company on the first plaque. Paneer Graphics, the old company, is going to be providing the display case and mounting pedastal.

    Ralph will be contacting Ed Herdendorff regarding digital photos for the website.

    It was noted that the website in the Press advertisement for our monthly meetings is directly for the Society. Can our site have a direct link to the City's, AvonhistoryOH.com?

    Ralph reminded guests that we do not have a regular meeting again until March 2016, going through June.

    Jim Szippl is to contact the City regarding what appears to be leaks in the roof as there are water stains on the ceiling.

    We welcomed 2 new members, Jillian Thornton and Corey Sabo, both life time Avon residents.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm with Stan H. making the motion and Matt Smith seconding.

    The next regular meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

    Respectfully submitted, Christine White.

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    Christmas will be here before we know it. Santa's Elves have been busy getting prepared to host the French Creek Foundation's Annual Santa Stroll and Christmas Tree Lighting Festival.

    These events will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015. This year's activities include, an ice carving demonstration, a model train display, arts and crafts for the kids, a gingerbread house contest, a visit with Santa, live Reindeer, refreshments and much more. The Avon High School Choir will be leading the crowd in Christmas carols.

    December 3 & 4

    Wine Walk

    December 5

    Christmas Candle Light Walk,

    Tree Lighting at the Heritage Square Gazebo,

    and Visit with Santa at the Avon Isle.


    Avon's 2015 Candlelite Walk Schedule

    December 3 - 5, 2015

    Thursday, December 3 - 5pm to 8pm

    "Girl's Nite Out" Wine Walk 10 Wine Samples, 10 Appetizers, Just $10!

    For more info, call 440-934-1636


    Friday, December 4 - 6pm to 9pm

    "Date Nite" Wine Walk 10 Wine Samples, 10 Appetizers, Just $10!

    For more info, call 440-934-1636


    Saturday, December 5, 2015, the train show at the Avon Isle will start from 2:00pm till about 7:00pm.


    Saturday, December 5, 2015 - Ice carving by David Zajac from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Gazebo. David Zajac is the owner of Arctic Creations at 33434 Jennie Rd., Avon, OH 44011-2040.

    Phone: (440) 937-9339


    Saturday, December 5, 2015

    The Gingerbread House competition will be held on 12-5-15 at the Avon Isle 2pm - 7pm.

    See below for the Gingerbread House entry form


    Saturday, December 5 - 6:00pm

    There will be live reindeer (a photo op) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Avon Isle.


    Saturday, December 5 - 5:00pm

    Santa Stroll and Annual Tree Lighting

    Gather at the Olde Avon Village (36840 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011) at 4:30 p.m..

    The parade with Santa will originate at Old Avon Village at 5:00pm, to arrive at the Gazebo about 5:30pm for tree lighting. Avon Isle will be open for visits with Santa and crafts.

    Santa, in his amazing horse drawn sleigh, leads the way to the French Creek Gazebo (corner of Stoney Ridge Road and Detroit Road) starting at 5:00 p.m.

    Sing along with carolers, as you make your way through the Olde Avon Village and past the shops along Detroit Road.

    Watch as Santa lights the Christmas Tree and then follow him to Avon Isle, where kids can meet with Santa and enjoy refreshments.

    Take a moment to explore the beautifully restored Avon Isle, a treasured Avon landmark since 1926 and enjoy elaborate model train exhibits and Gingerbread House Exhibits. The "Rail Blazers" model train club will be on display from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Avon Isle.



    Gingerbread House Competition Entry Form

    Make it a great family fun project!

    December 5, 2015 at the Avon Isle 2pm - 7pm

    Display Drop off time is 1pm - 2pm December 6th





    Phone #

    Parent Signature

    Divisional Competition

    Ages 3-5 yrs of age __________________________

    Ages 6 -8 yrs of age __________________________

    Ages 9 -12 yrs of age __________________________

    Prizes will be awarded during the visit with Santa at Avon Isle.

    My parent's signature above gives permission for pictures to be taken of my entry and printed in news publication or used for promotion.

    Registration forms need to be in by November 30th, 2015. Please mail to

    French Creek Foundation c/o


    35651 Detroit Rd.

    Avon, OH 44011

    PH: 440-937-1551

    or email to laurie@diagnosemywealth.com

    Competition Rules:

    This entry form must be completed and submitted by Monday, November 30 2015. Gingerbread house must be set up at Avon Isle, between 1 and 2pm for judging. All entries must be delivered in their completed form, attached to a base enabling it to be put on a table for display and judging.

    Provide two (2) 3" x 5" cards listing your name, address, phone number, e-mail and category you have entered. Both cards must be handed to the staff upon registration of your gingerbread house.

    Any architectural structure - real or imaginary - is eligible for entry (i.e. farmhouse, train station, bridge, toy shop, mushroom cottage). Gingerbread kits are eligible and all visible parts should be edible.

    Judging for competitive divisions will take place December 6th. Winners will be announced at Avon Isle during the visit with Santa from 6 - 8 pm, December 5th.

    Houses must be picked up after the visit with Santa, no later than 8pm.

    The overall base size for entries in all categories cannot exceed 18" x 20".

    The French Creek Foundation reserves the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes. Photography becomes the property of French Creek Foundation and may be published in the newspapers with write up and winner's names. French Creek Foundation is not responsible for lost or damaged gingerbread houses.

    Criteria for judging the winning Gingerbread Houses:

    Themes: Holiday Originality, includes Gingerbread House and yard

    Neat and clean, includes the Gingerbread House and yard

    Use of color, pattern and detail, includes the Gingerbread House and yard

    All visible parts must be edible

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